With temperatures dropping, odds are you’re probably going to start
ramping up your usage of your water heater soon, but is your heater ready
for it? Here are four things you should take into consideration when determining
whether your water heater is ready for the challenge or if you might be
at risk of experiencing a major issue.
Do you know how old your water heater is? If not, you may be in for a rude
awakening sooner than you think. A water heater generally has a lifespan
expectancy of roughly 10 years before they wear out, spring leaks, and
need to be replaced, so if your heater is approaching this age, you may
want to start monitoring it more closely. If you’re not sure how
old it is, look at the serial number—the first digit (usually a
letter) will represent the month the unit was manufactured, and the next
two letters will be the year.
When you turn on your hot water, does the water that flow from your tap
come out clean? If not, then you’re probably already experiencing
a serious issue with your water heater. Over time, the tank in your water
heater will rust away and wear out. When this happens, your heater will
likely start to leak soon. Leaky heaters can deal tremendous damage to
your home and are likewise at risk of an even bigger, more serious breakdown
sooner rather than later. Get your heater replaced as soon as possible.
Over time, deposits in water will gradually accumulate and build up in
the bottom of your water heater tank. As these deposits are heated up
time and time again, they will eventually harden. Hardened sediment will
often collide with your water heater tank, resulting in rumbling or banging
sounds coming from your heater as it fills and heats up. While a small
amount of this noise is ok, large amounts of noise is a sign that your
heater is on its last legs.
Signs of Leakage
Are you noticing water stains on the walls or floor around your water heater?
What about unexplained standing water near it? These are all signs that
your water heater has sprung a leak, which could get worse at any time.
As you heat your tank, the metal will continue to expand and contract,
leading to cracks worsening and leaks getting more serious.
Need your water heater serviced?
Call the Bartlett plumbers at Smith’s Plumbing Services today by dialing (901) 290-1110!